Japan Begins Issuing COVID-19 Certificates for Overseas Travel

TOKYO – Japan on Monday started issuing COVID-19 vaccination certificates for people who have been fully inoculated against the deadly virus that should ease quarantine requirements for international travel.

The certificate can be obtained by residents of Japan free of charge by applying via mail or in person at their local municipalities.

“For overseas travel, we started accepting applications for issuance of inoculation certificates from today,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

“If you are planning to travel to a country/region where relaxation of epidemic prevention measures is permitted by presenting the vaccination certificate, and wish to issue it, please apply to the municipality that issued the vaccination ticket,” it added.

As of Monday, the certificate is accepted in at least seven countries, namely Italy, Austria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Poland, South Korea and Estonia. - Florenda Corpuz